Home & Garden

She Said She Shed: Local Contractor Tips

By Erika Guess Photo by Janice Marshall-Pittman In 2019, Katie Williams told her husband Brandon she’d like to reclaim some space in their backyard for a home office. She had started a remote position with Aflac in North Carolina, and…

Home Sweet Bidding War

For Ayla and Patrick Joynt, the experience of shopping for their new home in Coastal Virginia was a rollercoaster ride. They were outbid not once, not twice, but three times on houses—at least one of which they describe as “a…

Best of the Blocks: CoVa's Coolest Neighborhoods

What gives a neighborhood its character? Is it the homes, the people, the location? Sure. But then there’s the vibe, the energy, the golf carts, the dog parks, the corner cafes. There’s the history and comradery. The theaters, restaurants, churches…

Southside Woodshop is Counter Intuitive

“I lost a bet,” Jud Dinsmore quipped when asked how he came to open The Southside Woodshop in Portsmouth, which specializes in custom solid wood countertops, butcher blocks, bar tops and tabletops. The truth is there was some winning and…

Open to the Possibilities of Floating Shelves

We’ve all seen fabulous floating shelving in design magazines and home décor displays, pristinely arranged with color-coordinated books and baubles. Nothing extra or out of place. The picture of well-curated minimalism. If you love the look but don’t know where…

Virginia Historic Garden Week is Still Growing Strong

For only the second time in its history, Virginia’s Historic Garden Week was cancelled last year when COVID-19 came calling. This year, however, the show will go on after months of careful planning. “We knew doing Historic Garden Week in…

Gardening from Scratch

By Ashleigh Meyer The most difficult time of year for me as a gardener is the window between winter and spring, when the planting season is tantalizingly close, but the ground is still too frozen, and the last frost of…

Living Landscape Artist: Yolima Carr

Photos by Beth Hester Since 1993, Yolima Carr has been a stalwart fixture on the local horticultural scene. From her first job pulling weeds as a gardener at the Norfolk Botanical Garden to her current position as the Elizabeth River…

Six Easy Spring Backyard Projects to do During Quarantine

In our pre-quarantine lives, the spring season likely meant being slammed with work obligations, end-of-school events and exams, sports tournaments and more. However, now that we are sheltering in place, there are few better ways to make the best of…

Sustainable, Turf-Free Lawns are Catching On

“Slowly we’re learning about the environmental damage done in the name of the Great American Lawn—the wasted water, the fertilizers running off into waterways, the lawn pesticides harming everything they touch—we’re seeing connections between disappearing wildlife and the vast acreage…

West Elm at Virginia Beach Town Center

    We’re just getting over last week’s winter storm in Hampton Roads, but near the corner of Main Street and Constitution Drive in Virginia Beach’s Town Center, spring is already in full session. The welcomed shift in seasons comes…

The Most Happening House - 2012

FROM 2012's COVA IDEA HOUSE Photos by Stephen Quick, IV, Patrick Evans-Hylton and Mary Prier Homearama came to an abrupt end due to Superstorm Sandy, but not before an incredible two weeks' worth of events took place at the most…

Nearly Complete - 2012

FROM 2012's COVA IDEA HOUSE Great news, builder Stephen Quick IV just sent over these photos of our nearly completed "Coastal Idea" House! Homearama begins this Saturday, October 13, and we couldn't be more excited to experience the finished product.…

Sneak Peak: Powder Room - 2012

FROM 2012's COVA IDEA HOUSE Stephen Alexander Homes brings you this sneak peak of a powder room in the "Coastal Idea" House. The wooden walls have been given a special age treatment to make the room feel like it's 100 years…

First Look: "Coastal Idea" Home Interior - 2012

FROM 2012's COVA IDEA HOUSE Straight from the builders, here is your very first look at the interior of the "Coastal Idea" House. At HRM, we couldn't be more thrilled with the progression this home is taking, and we simply can't wait…

Sneak Peak: Kitchen Hood - 2012

FROM 2012's COVA IDEA HOUSE Courtney of the Stephen Alexander Homes Facebook Fan Page, here's a look of the "Coastal Idea" House kitchen hood offering. For those of you who are wondering, the color is Sherwin-Williams for Your Home 6415--Hearts…

Sneak Peak: Interior Design - 2012

FROM 2012's COVA IDEA HOUSE Courtesy of the Stephen Alexander Homes Facebook Fan Page, here is your first look into the interior design of the Hampton Roads Magazine "Coastal Idea" House by Stephen Alexander Homes. All color are from the…

Introducing "The Coastal Idea" House 2012

FROM 2012's COVA IDEA HOUSE This past spring, Hampton Roads Magazine participated in Homearama for the first time ever with our very own home. The Hampton Roads Magazine "Little Big House" by Stephen Alexander Homes was a Victorian revival farmhouse and…